Janice A. Woods

Woods JaniceCENTRALIA — Janice A. Woods, 78, of Centralia, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.

She was born in a park on June 12, 1935 in Waukegan, the daughter of Walter and Mary E. (Arnold) Wickland. She married Steve “Junior” Woods on June 14, 1953 in Waukegan, and he preceded her in death on June 23,1992.

Mrs. Woods is survived by three sons Lee Woods, James Woods and wife Linda and Mat Woods and wife Kimberly, all of Centralia; one daughter Mary Martin and husband Duane of Centralia; 13 grandchildren Tammy, Christopher and Craig of California, Eddie, Allison, Christian, Nathan, Korey, Maua, Jeremy, Tyler, Cody and Matt of Centralia; eight great-grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

In addition to her husband of 39 years, Mrs. Woods was preceded in death by her parents; son Steve Woods; two grandsons Seth Woods and Joshua Woods; two brothers Johnny Wickland and Arnold Wickland; one sister Eleanor Palmer; and two friends Jeannette Hendricks and LeAnne Marshall.

Mrs. Woods was baptized in the Episcopal faith. She was a member of America Legion Post # 446 Women’s Auxiliary, Women of the Moose for 35 years, 40 & 8 and the D.A.V. and lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post # 2055 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Moose Riders.

Mrs. Woods enjoyed playing bingo, making donations at the casino, reading murder mysteries, drinking Pepsi and traveling to places like Hawaii and Virgin Islands. She loved to bake sugar cookies and make fudge. She was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cub, Tweety Bird and Scooby-Doo. According to her family, “Our mother was always there to help someone in need and was considered an unofficial foster mother to many. She was called “Mom” and “Aunt Janice” by many of the people who knew her. She was know to be very forgiving when when it came to people. She loved the time she spent with her family especially her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Woods was homemaker. She has lived in Centralia, since 1976 and formerly lived in Waukegan.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 and from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Mrs. Wood’s honor to the 40 & 8 Children’s Fund and will be received at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.

Online Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Woods’ family at moranfuneralhome.net or on Facebook.